San Francisco State University does not discriminate on the basis of gender, which includes sex and gender identity or expression, or sexual orientation in its education programs or activities. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and certain other federal and state laws, prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender or sexual orientation in employment, as well as in all education programs and activities operated by the University (both on and off campus). The protection against discrimination on the basis of gender or sexual orientation includes sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, and gender based dating and domestic violence and stalking.
Safety of the SF State Community is Primary
SF State’s primary concern is the safety of its campus community members. The use of alcohol or drugs never makes the victim at fault for sexual discrimination, harassment or violence; therefore, victims should not be deterred from reporting incidents of sexual violence out of a concern that they might be disciplined for related violations of drug, alcohol or other SF State policies. Except in extreme circumstances, victims of sexual violence shall not be subject to discipline for related violations of the Student Conduct Code.
Information Regarding SF State, Criminal and Civil Consequences of Committing Acts of Sexual Violence
Individuals alleged to have committed sexual assault may face criminal prosecution by law enforcement and may incur penalties as a result of civil litigation. In addition, SF State employees and students may face discipline/sanctions at campus. SF State employees may face sanctions up to and including dismissal from employment, per established CSU policies and provisions of applicable collective bargaining unit agreements.
SF State students charged with sexual discrimination, harassment or violence will be subject to discipline, pursuant to the CSU Student Conduct Procedures (see Executive Order 1098) and will be subject to appropriate sanctions. In addition, during any investigation, SF State may implement interim measures in order to maintain a safe and non-discriminatory educational environment. Such measures may include immediate interim suspension from the university, required move from university-owned or affiliated housing, adjustment to course schedule, or prohibition from contact with parties involved in the alleged incident.
Commitment to Institutional Change
SF State has committed that we will not just be complaint driven or focus only on our compliance-related responsibilities. We also aim to be incident responsive; this means that we are always monitoring all incidents reported to us for potential concerning patterns with regard to campus climate, equity and inclusion. Whenever relevant, we make recommendations to the campus administration about changes to institutional policies, programs, procedures, practices, etc., that have the potential to reduce the likelihood of discrimination and harassment from occurring.
Based on recommendations made in part by Equity Programs & Compliance, the new Division of Equity & Community Inclusion was established in August 2017. Additional information about proactive efforts SF State is implementing to promote social justice and a community free of discrimination and harassment can be found below: